Help Protect OOTB and Other Arts Businesses in the Armory

Help Protect OOTB and Other Arts Businesses in the Armory

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Parma Chai Gallery Out of the Blue Community Arts started this petition to Somerville City Council City Council and

Help Protect OOTB Gallery and Other Arts Businesses in the Armory.

The Out of the Blue Art Gallery and many small businesses at the Arts at the Armory  building (191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA) are in jeopardy of losing their business homes because of eminent domain by the City.  We have already received documentation from the City alongside the other businesses in the Armory that our last day of official tenancy is December 31, 2021.  Any tenant staying after December 31, 2021 by the clauses of this document will pay $300/day before potential eviction anyways. The City also states in its letter that any person with an active lawyer will have to PAY the city to acquire services to correspond with their lawyer, thereby attempting to nix an organization's desire for legal representation.

The Out of the Blue Art Gallery supports 30 artists from all types of demographics and abilities and is also a 501c3 non-profit.  Members of the collective have already begun to reach out to the Mayor's office as well as the Somerville Arts Council to ask for an explanation of why we are being kept out of the loop and more information on what is to come.  Our first introduction as small art businesses in the Armory to eminent domain was through reading the press in late April 2021, after meetings had already happened with several parties.  Please help OOTB Gallery and the other small businesses in the Armory stay operating and alive through the city's eminent domain procedure.

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